Archive for April, 2011


Lynn Road Elementary Media Specialist Designs Classroom Projects

Lynn Road Elementary media specialist Jenny Taylor works closely with classroom teachers to design in depth projects that make learning fun.

Principal Eloise Sheats says there’s emphasis on the 21st Century skills of identifying and evaluating information and using that in your own creative work. Sheats says the media specialist has worked closely with classroom teachers to create projects that excite and challenge students.

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Teacher Whitney Hoffman, Media Specialist Jenny Taylor and Principal Eloise Sheats discussed the importance of the media specialist in elementary school. Continue Reading . . .

After the Tornado, Harris Creek Elementary Provides Students a Safe Place

After the April 16 tornadoes crashed through Wake County, Harris Creek Elementary Principal Vicki Perry headed to her school.

The damage to the community was devastating. The school escaped with minor damage. Staff and volunteers worked hard on Sunday and Monday to clear the grounds littered with tree tops and debris. With power restored on Monday, school opened on Tuesday.

Perry talks about the resilience of the community, the support and assistance provided and the hard work of helping young children deal with the tragedy they survived.

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Principal Vicki Perry stands in front of the school playground that staff and volunteers cleared of debris. You will notice the row of trees snapped off by the tornado behind her and the blue of the tarps covering roofs and walls of the neighboring damaged homes.

Teachers found a number of ways to help children share their concerns about the tragedy their families suffered from the tornado.

Durant Road Middle Teacher Named Kenan Fellow

Durant Road Middle science teacher Paul Cancellieri is one of eight WCPSS teachers named to the Class of 2012 for the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development.

Kenan Fellows spend time with mentors from universities, innovative industries and professional educators. Fellows work in labs, develop new research skills, engage in leadership workshops and build professional relationships with colleagues. As their research progresses, they use these experiences to create lessons that are adapted to the subjects they teach.

Cancellieri will work with mentor Kirsten Weeks of Cisco Systems, Inc. on “Global Collaboration in the Classroom.” The project sponsor will be Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Durant Road Middle science teacher Paul Cancellieri discusses assignments with students.

Superintendent’s Proposed Budget Q&A Part II

The second set of questions (42 page PDF) from Board of Education members, and answers from staff, about the Superintendent’s Proposed 2011-12 Budget has been posted.

Root Elementary Holds Science Fair

Several speakers from NC State University and other organizations will be talking to students on April 28 at the Root Elementary Science Fair. For the first time, Root will hold a Science Fair for students in grades 3 – 5 and a special “Root Canal Speedway Challenge” for fifth graders.

Speakers will discuss: “Your Genes are NOT just Blue Jeans”, “Brains”, “Rocketry” and “Which Egg produced the Baby Chick.”

Thanks to teacher Bradley Peterson for sharing this story with GotNews.

Tornado Shelter Relocation and Transportation Information

The shelter at Heritage High School for those affected by recent tornados has relocated to the ES King Building on the NC State campus (3824 Jackson Street).

The Transportation Department has arranged bus service for students at the shelter for the following schools.

  • Brooks Elem
  • Powell Elem
  • Fox Rd Elem
  • Vandora Springs Elem
  • Wakefield Middle
  • Wakefield High
  • Moore Square
  • Broughton
  • Ligon Middle

If you need to make arrangements for your child, please contact your school.

Enloe Teacher Selected for National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Panel

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has named Enloe Magnet High dance educator Courtney Greer to serve on a committee composed of a select group of educators from across the country to assure the National Board’s Physical Education Standards reflects the best practices and latest research in the field. 

Greer is among 10 National Board Certified Teachers on the 13-member committee, chosen from a pool of more than 200 applicants.

Greer agrees that National Board teachers prepare America’s diverse student population with the skills it needs to compete in the 21st century workplace.  She also believes that National Board Certified teachers produce students who differ in profound and important ways.  

“The work the committee is producing will impact the physical education standards in schools by implementing a whole body wellness component in the standards,” said Greer.  “This holistic approach will help teachers prepare students for 21st century challenges in the workplace by teaching them important concepts on how to manage their physical well being while balancing the demands and requirements of everyday existence.”

“I am honored to be working with such a talented group of educators.  We all come from diverse backgrounds and the variety of experiences makes for a wonderful collaboration between highly motivated and successful individuals in the field of physical education,” said Greer. “Serving on this committee is important to me as a dance educator because I have the opportunity to evaluate the physical educational standards with inquisitive query, which in turn inspires me to analyze my own professional development.  As a committee we are in search of different methods to bolster the standards and ultimately increase teacher performance and impact student learning”.  

“Greer is a proven leader in physical education with an extraordinary track record of documented expertise when it comes to advancement in this field,” said Joan Auchter, chief program officer, NBPTS. “As we work to improve student learning and student achievement throughout the United States, I am pleased that the work of this committee will serve as the foundation for the assessment in the National Board Certification process for physical education.”      

Today, there are nearly 1,700 teachers nationwide who have achieved National Board Certification in the field of physical education. These outstanding educators are working every day to create opportunities for students to learn and succeed. 

As part of the National Board’s ongoing mission to provide high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, the Physical Education Committee is working to review and revise the current standards that are the basis for National Board Certification in this field. Practicing classroom teachers fill a majority of seats on standards committees, while other members represent districts, states and higher education. 

For more information about NBPTS and National Board Certification, visit

Holly Spring Elementary School to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Holly Springs Elementary (HSES) will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 to celebrate its fifteen-year anniversary. The celebration will mark the opening of the school in the fall of 1996. Over the years, Holly Springs Elementary has grown from a school of 450 students to the current population of 1075.

Music, special presentations and exhibits will honor the day. Visitors can be sure to connect with friends, classmates, teachers, and principals from past years. The current students have been working hard on timelines, videos, interviews and a time capsule to help commemorate the day. The public is welcome to come, meet the students and staff, and have some fun on this special day.

Laurel Park Elementary Holds Fine Arts Gallery Night

Laurel Park Elementary will hold Penguin Fine Arts Gallery Nights at the school on April 28 and May 26.

Students on Tracks 1 & 2 will have their Gallery Night on April 28 and students on Tracks 3 & 4 will have their Gallery Night on May 26.

During the event, families and school community members will come together to enjoy student art, music, and poetry. Each student will have his or her best visual art piece of the year on display during their track’s gallery night. In addition, student musicians will present musical performances throughout the building, and parents and students will enjoy reading and writing poetry together.

Thanks to Principal Burt Batten for sharing this story with GotNews.

Durant Road Middle Media Center Serves as Research and Reading Hub

The Durant Road Middle School Media Center is more than a collection of books.

Principal Ian Solomon says his school’s media center is a research laboratory and gathering place for students to do meaningful work. Solomon says the media center is where students glean, process and synthesize information.

Durant Road Middle Media Specialist Kristen Ziller says the job of media specialist has changed a lot in the last ten years. Ziller says the media program goes into the entire school and media specialists work closely with classroom teachers on researching and reading.

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Durant Road Media Specialist Kristen Ziller talks with Principal Ian Solomon about the role of the media center at the school.

Principal Solomon looks over the work of students completing a research project in the school media center.

Media Specialist Kristen Ziller says students should find good books that they will enjoy reading.